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Celebrating, Posen style

Potato festival brings them in for weekend of fun

September 9, 2012
The Alpena News

POSEN - Friends, families, residents, and out-of-town visitors gathered in Posen throughout the weekend, celebrating the 61st annual Posen Potato Festival. The festival drew crowds into the area Sunday afternoon for the parade, carnival rides, foods, drinks, and of course the traditional polka music and dancing.

"I've been coming here off and on over the past 30 years," Louis Henkel of Herron said. "It's a good family gathering, our entire family always comes. My favorite part of the festival is the parade."

Terra Loss of Posen said the potato festival is a family tradition, and she recalled memories of the festival from her childhood and adolescent years.

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The 61st Posen Potato Festival promised fun for all ages with a wide variety of foods, carnival rides, traditional polka music and dancing, and one of the crowds favorites, the grand parade.

"I remember coming to the festival on and off when I was younger than 13 years old, before I moved to Posen and when we lived in Alpena," Loss said. "This year is really exciting because it's baby's first Posen Potato Festival. I can't wait to put her in the little spuds parade."

Emma Damron and a group from Olivet decided to stop at the festival while camping at Jack's Landing.

"Someone mentioned the Posen Potato Festival and we thought while we're here we might as well check it out. There must be 100,000 people here," Damron said. "We just got here, but it's a lot of fun so far. We want to check out the food, dancing, and take some potatoes back with us."

Wayne Saile of Hawks said the potato festival has become a family tradition, but they always have the same spot to view the parade. Some of Saile's festival favorites include the parade, rides and vendors.

"It's such a nice day for the festival. There's no dancing for me, but grandma does the polka," Saile said.

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